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Couple faces child endangerment, drug charges

A California couple was recently arrested on drug charges as well as child endangerment charges. The endangerment charge came about when police officers claim to have found methamphetamine within reach of children in a couple's home. The arrest was part of a sting operation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force. The operation took place around Wabash Avenue and Broadway in Eureka. In a press release, the task force announced that agents were still working an investigation into meth trafficking and sales within the county.

Police claim they arranged a drug buy of a large quantity of meth as part of their undercover operation, and the man is said to have gone to a nearby house to obtain a sample. When he returned with allegedly six grams of meth, he was arrested. Police then obtained a warrant and searched the house where he had gone. They say they found two ounces of meth, packaging material and money. A couple residing in the house were also arrested on allegations of possession of meth for sale.

In addition to the drug charges, the couple was charged with child endangerment. Three children, ages 1, 3 and 9 were found inside the residence. According to the task force, agents located meth within arm's reach of one or more of the children, though the specifics of their claim was not divulged. The children were placed in protective custody with the Humboldt County Child Welfare Services.

The first man arrested in the sting operation was later charged with additional offenses when other drugs were found at a different residence where he was reportedly staying. Agents executed a search warrant at that residence and purportedly found eight grams of black tar heroin, scales and packaging material. The man was then charged with possession of heroin for sale.

If convicted of these charges, all three individuals could be looking at long prison terms. Even though the evidence in this case may seem convincing, the couple is still entitled to a vigorous defense while safeguarding all of their legal rights.

Source: Times-Standard, "Couple arrested on drug charges; three young children in protective custody," Sept. 30, 2011

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